Corporal Oscar Douglas MURPHINE

Service No: 32845
Born: Ourimbah NSW, 25 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 August 1940
Unit: No. 30 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-115), Tadji PNG, 11 June 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Travis Evans Murphine and Agnes Murphine, of Manly, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Manly NSW
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Manly ANZAC War Memorial, Manly NSW

On 11 June 1944, Beaufighter A19-115, when taking off on a non-operational test flight from Tadji airstrip in New Guinea, swung and crashed at 1550 hours. Both crew members were killed.

The crew members of A19-115 were:

Wing Commander Philip Leslie Boyce Gibson (260190) (Pilot)
Corporal Oscar Douglas Murphine (32845) (Fitter II Engines) (Supernumerary)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/28/329; A9845, 17
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed, Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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